a. Michael Mckenna Joins the CDL

Michael McKenna joins the CDL as a Programmer Analyst in the Advanced Technology Group.  His role will be to spearhead the investigation and integration of next generation metasearch capabilities and other tasks as appropriate, into CDL’s newly emerging infrastructure.

Michael, a veteran of many years at Sybase and then Commerce One, will start work at the CDL on November 13. Michael has extensive experience in technical project management, currently consults for a variety of Silicon Valley firms, and brings considerable expertise in internationalization to the CDL.  He currently works with W3C and the Unicode communities.  Many years ago, Michael worked at Carlyle Systems, and at UC Berkeley.

b. New Manager of Public Content
Rosalie Lack will be the new Manager of Public Content.  In this new position, Rosalie will be responsible for overseeing the public web site (http://californiadigitallibrary.org/) as well as Counting California (http://countingcalifornia.cdlib.org/), and working with various partners and communities with interests in these content areas to develop services.  She will also serve on CDL’s Content group representing content development for social sciences data and government information.

Rosalie brings deep knowledge of most CDL projects to her new role, a result of her experience as Evaluation and Instruction Analyst.  In this role, she also worked closely with campus libraries and other partners, learning about their use of collections and services.  Rosalie was a member of the project team that developed the public web site, and she has participated in other activities with K-12 partners such as the California Learning Resource Network.  She has served as CDL’s representative on the eBook Task Force, and the CIG on Information Literacy.

A transition plan compensating for Rosalie’s departure from communication and evaluation activities, including possibilities for recruiting new staff, will be finalized in the coming weeks.

c. Jennifer Lee Begins Part-Time CDL Appointment

On November 1, 2003, Jennifer Lee began a half-time, six-month appointment to assist campus ILL units with their implementation of VDX.  Jennifer will participate in the implementation through training of ILL staff, development and/or distribution of documentation, and advise on workflow considerations and location configuration.

Jennifer is currently Head of ILL Services at UCLA’s Young Research Library, where she has worked for the past 14 years.  Prior to that, she worked in the UCLA Biomedical Library’s ILL and Circulation units.  Jennifer, along with Gary Johnson of UCSB and Alicia Amador of UCLA, has been the guiding force in the implementation of VDX thus far.  CDL is very grateful to UCSB and UCLA for their donation of Jenny’s, Gary’s, and Alicia’s time to this important project, and is now delighted that Jennifer is able to apply the expertise she has developed to the project’s next phase.

Jennifer is currently scheduling two-day visits to campuses over the next few months, so please contact her (jcl@library.ucla.edu) if you are interested in getting on her calendar.